Legal battle for nuclear ‘guinea pig’

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A war veteran from near Chorley is taking his case to the High Court this month after being exposed to atomic bomb tests during the 1950s.

George Harrison, 73, isn’t well enough to travel to London to fight his legal battle against the Ministry of Defence in person but he hopes the case – part of one of largest compensation claims against the MoD from hundreds of servicemen – will reach a positive conclusion after more than half a century.

The father-of-one, of Hoghton, worked as an engine fitter for the Royal Engineers and was stationed on Christmas Island, off the coast of Australia, when he witnessed three test explosions – one atomic and two hydrogen bombs.


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